Teaching computer skills to persons searching for a job is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters around the world try to be a healing presence to those in need today.
About 12 years ago, Sister Marie Schmids began working in our Connections Job Program, founded by Sister Joan Foley in New Port Richey, Florida. She recalls, “There was a definite need to respond to individuals who wanted to make career changes who needed computer skills. I was just learning about computer technology, and wanted to share what I knew with others. The Connections Program seemed to be a perfect match for me to do this.”
Since that time, Sister Marie has seen the need for basic computer skills grow dramatically. “Almost all applications for employment require some basic computer skills, and require the job applicant to understand how to complete the job application on the computer,” she explains.
She adds, “Lately, the number of older clients seeking employment has increased because of the existing housing and economic crisis in Florida at this time.” Many of the individuals who attend computer classes at Connections have no computer skills, and need one-on-one training on the basics of using a computer. Some of the clients need to learn typing skills as well.
“Over the years, the quality of the computer courses available at Connections have developed significantly – we are blessed with sufficient computers and good teaching materials!” says Sister Marie. Classes are given on: Windows, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, File Management, File Organization, E-mail Fundamentals, Internet for Job Search, and Internet for Research.
Sister Marie explains, “I have discovered practical tutorials that prove very helpful to those seeking employment. These tutorials are excellent software programs that are self-taught and fun for the student.”
“To be a part of my students’ enthusiasm and appreciation of their new computer skills is fulfilling, and an exciting part of my ministry at Connections.”